Spoon's opened on Hawthorne Lane in 1929 and was owned by Whitney and Elizabeth Spoon. Elizabeth earned the nickname "The Ice Cream Lady" from the generations of families that flocked to Spoon's for all of her homemade flavors. The Spoons would sell the business in 1978 and food was added to the menu. Ice cream was still served but not from Elizabeth's famous recipes. The standing building is all that currently remains of the Spoon's legacy and ice cream.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
From a booklet called "Welcome Soldier! to Charlotte, North Carolina" comes this list of restaurants from 1942. The booklet was given to visiting soldiers during WWII and contained helpful info about Charlotte and things to do while in town. Great look at the dining scene in the Charlotte 1940's.
First page of booklet
Monday, October 21, 2013
La Roma Ristoranti was a popular Italian restaurant located on the corner of West Blvd and Remount Rd. Diners were promised a true "Little Italy" experience. Its heyday was during the late-1960's. The restaurant was destroyed in an arson-related fire in October 1975.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A look back to 1930 and an interesting ad from the Myers Park Pharmacy promoting their "delightful Sodas and Sandwiches". Up until the late 1990's, the drugstore lunch counter was a popular Charlotte eating spot. Back in 1930, you could also go next door and putt a few holes, too.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
The Barringer Hotel was located on the southeast corner of North Tryon and Eighth Streets. It was the last to be built of the original Charlotte downtown fine hotels. Lawrence and Flora Barringer opened the hotel on December 14, 1940 and named it in honor of Lawrence's father, William R. Barringer. Its elegant dining room was a popular dining spot for lodgers and residents alike. It would fall on hard times in the 1970's, changing hands frequently with its incarnation as the Cavalier Inn through the mid-'70's being the longest. The building still stands today. No longer a hotel, it currently houses homeless women in need.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
In the 1970's, Pizza Hut was a dominant force in the Charlotte restaurant landscape. These three great ads from 1973 and photo postcard represent Pizza Hut at the height of their Charlotte presence. Now mostly a takeout/delivery operation, the area is dotted with former dine-in locations that have been turned into locally-owned non-Pizza Hut eateries - you can't mistake that trademark building style.
Great breakfast menu from the Greystone from 1983. Still a tradition for breakfast today - one of the best livermush choices in the city! Thanks to Tommy at the Greystone for the menu. Click here for the original Greystone post.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
From 1950, comes this nice peak into the then-popular Ivey's Soda Shop in downtown Charlotte. We have visited this eatery before (see posts here and here) -- this particular shot gives a nice look at the super signage at the top of the wall.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The legendary neon Wad's sign
Wad's was located in Dilworth at 1608 East Blvd. The legendary soda, sundries, and small grocery shop opened in early 1954 and was owned by Samuel Wadsworth Smith. Originally located at the corner of East Blvd and Cumberland Ave, Wad's moved two blocks west to 1608 East Blvd on April 17, 1957 and stayed there for 38 years before closing in the Fall of 1995. Wad's was famous for everything from its chili hot dogs, fresh squeezed lemonade and orangeade, toasted pimento cheese sandwiches, and a wide array of milk shakes and other ice cream concoctions. It would always stay in the Smith family as daughter Carolyn Smith Cullingford and husband Harold took over the reins in 1974. Samuel also owned the famed Drum Restaurant up the street, which his son Larry would take over before also closing in 1995.
Wad's was a Charlotte institution and with its closing, signaled the changing of most of the classic eateries on East Blvd that had opened in the 1950's.
(Received an email from Matt Jamison - he and his dad, Phil, now own the sign and after a minor restoration, it now hangs in Phil's garage)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
From the archives of Mike Richardson comes this amazing Stork Restaurants credit card from 1956. Mike's grandfather worked for Ivey's in downtown Charlotte and this was his company Stork credit card. A stunning treasure. Thanks, Mike! Check out the original Stork post here.